You Prayed, God Answered!
We asked you to pray for our coaching training that we held for pastors and leaders last week. God came through again! The Lord gave us a wonderful time with the pastors, leaders and missionaries that attended.
This is an important step as Dawn and I work with our partners to see church planting movements that are undergirded with a strong coaching component. A number of the pastors and leaders feel alone. They feel like they don’t have anyone to turn to when they have a problem.
One of the things that Dawn and I enjoy the most is connecting and coming alongside the leaders here on the border. But not long after we arrived I realized that we couldn’t keep up with all the pastors that are in the networks we are working with.
Fellow missionary, Gary Watanabe has been one of the men I’ve turned to for coaching advice. When I explained how many pastors we were working with, he said you are going to have to multiply coaches. That set us on a journey towards putting together training for pastors and leaders here, so they could grow in their coaching skills.
Gary put me in touch with Church Multiplication Ministries, led by Tom Wood and Jim Moon, Jr. Recently they’ve started holding coaching training in Cuba. Jim is learning Spanish, and leads the training in the Spanish-speaking countries. The Lord is also opening doors for them now in Mexico and other countries.
My hope is that this training event was just the first step in a number of other training opportunities, so that we will see a multiplication of coaches on the border and throughout Mexico.
Connecting Across Mexico
We partnered with our Monterrey, Mexico team to pull off this coaching training. After our two-day training event in Tijuana, the same training was offered in Monterrey.
One of the other things that brought me joy is that we were able to offer this training for two of our missionaries that are working in Guadalajara and two that are working in Juarez. I have been working with our leadership so that we can begin to work in a more unified fashion when we provide training.
Those that came to the training were very positive about the experience, and expressed a desire to learn more. I would like to see a culture of learning here, and I believe that is what we are beginning to observe.
The work is not done, but we are definitely off to a good start!
Lift Up Your Voices to the Lord
Continue to pray with us that the Lord will multiply coaches on the border and throughout Mexico, so that pastors and leaders have someone they can look to as they minister.
Ministry is not easy. We recognize that we are in a battle, but it’s even harder if not impossible when we go it alone. Pray that our band of brothers and sisters will grow.
In His Grace, Dave